Polish Szczecin is top bulk terminal in new BIMCO report



Dry Bulk Terminal Vetting Report 2018.pdf



The best performing port, in BIMCO’s Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report 2018, is Szczecin in Poland. The report collected input from 144 ships covering 381 terminals. A total of 97% of the reports were rated as average or better, which gave an average rating of 3.6 (out of five). The result is a marginal better than last year’s results.



“I think, in many ways, the report shows an encouraging trend, that bulk terminals generally perform well - only four reports were rated as “poor”, says Aron Sorensen, Head of Maritime Technology and Regulation at BIMCO.


The reports show that good communication between ship and terminal is a crucial part of port performance and is factor acknowledged in written responses by captains.


The number of reports contributed to BIMCO rose by 52% to 916 in total, increasing the number of ports covered by 102. Albeit, the reports originate from a small number of companies, which partly explains a somewhat skewed geographical spread of the report.


“I think this information is valuable to both the shipowners and the ports, but we are still far from satisfied with the number of reports submitted to us for this initiative,” Sorensen says.


Ideally, BIMCO would like to have 1000 ships participating in the survey.


The top five ports were:

1. Szczecin, Poland

2. Quebec, Canada

3. Newcastle, Australia

4. Gladstone, Australia

5. Ciénaga, Colombia


The report indicates improved communication between the terminals and the ships, but adequate language skills remain a problem in some locations.


The survey also looked into waste handling, and the number of ships experiencing a terminal’s refusal to collect garbage or exorbitant prices to do so, is still too high, according to the report.


“We need terminals and ports to live up to their responsibility and receive waste at a reasonable price,” Sorensen says.


Another point of concern was that the setting of gangways was impossible in 11% of all cases, thereby restricting the access to and from the ship. This is clearly unacceptable and must be addressed as a safety matter.


For additional details, please download the full report at the BIMCO website.


About BIMCO

BIMCO is the world's largest international shipping association, with around 2,000 members in more than 120 countries, representing 56% of the world’s tonnage. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. BIMCO is a nonprofit organisation. 


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BIMCO, Industry publishes improved cyber guidelines


The third edition of the industry cyber risk management guidelines, Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, addresses the requirement to incorporate cyber risks in the ship’s safety management system (SMS). It also reflects a deeper experience with risk assessments of operational technology (OT) - such as navigational systems and engine controls - and provides more guidance for dealing with the cyber risks to the ship arising from parties in the supply chain.


“The industry will soon be under the obligation to incorporate measures to deal with cyber risks in the ship’s safety management system. This had not been tackled in the previous versions,” says Dirk Fry, chair of BIMCO’s cyber security working group and Managing Director of Colombia Ship Management.


“The third edition provides additional information which should help shipping companies carry out proper risk assessments and include measures in their safety management systems to protect ships from cyber-incidents. A new dedicated annex provides measures that all companies should consider implementing to address cyber risk management in an approved SMS,” Fry says.


“This is much easier said than done”, he adds, and notes that the criminals trying to exploit companies or breach their security are getting more inventive by the minute.


The new guidelines are the third edition in as many years, which reflects the constantly evolving nature of the risks and challenges.


OT risks differ

A second key expansion in the guidelines is around operational technology. Ships have more and more Operational technology (OT) which is integrated with Information technology (IT) and which can be connected to the internet, but the risks associated with OT are different from IT systems.


For example, malfunctioning IT may cause significant delay of a ship’s unloading or clearance, but with malfunctioning or inoperative OT there can be a real risk of harm to people, the ship or the marine environment.


“On a ship, the job may be less focused on protecting data while protecting operational systems working in the real world has direct safety implications. If the ECDIS system or software controlling an engine are hit with malware, or if it breaks down due to lack of compatibility after an update of software, it can lead to dangerous situations,” Fry says.


Another new element in the guidelines is a number of examples of actual incidents to demonstrate some of the real-world situations shipowners and operators face. The examples have been anonymized.


According to the Cyber Security Survey by BIMCO, Fairplay and ABS Advanced Solutions, the joint Industry Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, are widely used across the industry. The survey also showed industry is more aware of the issue and has increased cyber risk management training, but there remains room for improvement.


Supply chain risks

A third new focus area is the risk of malware infecting the ship’s systems via the many parties associated with the operation of a ship and its systems.


“The ships are not just sitting there in the middle of the ocean. More and more ships are also closely connected to security systems in the companies’ offices and shippers’ offices and agents’ offices,” says Fry.


Advice includes evaluating the security of service providers, defining a minimum set of requirements to manage supply chain or third-party risks and making sure that agreements on cyber risks are formal and written.


The guidelines also underline the need for ships to be able to disconnect quickly and effectively from shore-based networks, where required.


The following organisations produced the third edition: BIMCO, InterManager, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and World Shipping Council (WSC).


The work was supported by:

Anglo Eastern, Colombia Ship Management, Maersk Line, Moran Shipping Agencies as well as the cyber security experts NCC, SOFTimpact, Templar Executives and Cyber Keel.



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New BARECON 2017 calculates future trends



BIMCO has published a new edition of BARECON, the industry's go-to standard contract for bareboat chartering. The new leaner version of the contract, introduces a formula for calculating a fair share of costs for any compulsory structural changes or new equipment that may be implemented during the charter period.


BIMCO started revising the contract in April 2016, responding to, and to reflect changes in commercial practice and legal developments since BARECON was last updated in 2001.


Following the "Ocean Victory" judgment earlier this year, BIMCO has also clarified the wording of the insurance clauses in relation to an insurer's right to claim against third parties. BARECON 2017 keeps pace with modern bareboat chartering practice and will be useful for all those involved in specialised long term bareboat chartering agreements.


"BARECON 2017 is arguably one of the most widely used BIMCO documents in the industry. This is a significant revision which will help make it an even more usable and well-balanced document. The new revised document should serve the industry successfully for the next 10-15 years", said Captain Ajay Hazari of Anglo Eastern Ship Management, Hong Kong, who chaired the BARECON 2017 revision drafting team.


Other new features of BARECON 2017 include an option for charterers to extend the charter period; tighter notice requirements on delivery and redelivery; and it gives charterers the right to place staff on board for familiarisation, prior to delivery.


"BARECON 2017 builds on the success of previous editions of this industry standard contract. It introduces features that are highly relevant to modern bareboat chartering practice, such as a fair way of sharing the cost of mandatory new equipment. The new edition can easily be tailored to suit the needs of individual users. We hope it will continue to be the first choice of contract for anyone looking to bareboat charter a ship," said Grant Hunter, Head of Contracts and Clauses at BIMCO.



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